Drive-by shooting at SF strip bar

April 9, 2009 7:21:04 PM PDT
San Francisco police suspect a strip club turf war may have lead to a drive-by shooting early Friday morning.

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The shooting happened just after 1 a.m. outside the Broadway Showgirls Cabaret. Police say the shots came from a passing car. A club patron was hit in the neck and the doorman was shot in the leg.

A source with knowledge of the investigation tells ABC7 that earlier in the evening, the doorman was walking along Broadway passing out leaflets advertising the Showgirls club.

Police would not comment on the case, but our source says investigators are looking at whether the shooter is an employee of a competing business who viewed the doorman's leafleting as an attempt to steal business away.

Just last month, a man was shot coming out of the L'amour nightclub a couple of blocks away from the Broadway strip.

"We see everything from public drunkenness, to break-ins, to our cars and motorcycles being damaged," North Beach resident Frank Therre said. "The police are trying as much as they can do but they're understaffed and they have no support from the rest of the city."

The captain of the district police station says he can do only so much with his existing resources and that other city agencies need to step up and do their part.

"The types of crimes that we get are low level batteries up to serious assaults here," James Dudley said. "Especially when its alcohol related, closing time, you put a couple of thousand people on the street at any given time."

Dudley has beefed up patrols, which have reduced some of the crime on the weekends, when it is worse.

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